Cafe J

4.5
258 reviews
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$31 to $50
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As the ultimate destination restaurant in Lubbock, Café J has long maintained a singular place in West Texas cuisine and the arts. Blending modern techniques with worldwide influences, an extensive wine selection, and original paintings, inspired cuisine meets impeccable hospitality and service.
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RS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere and great people!

RS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe J is fun! the food is truly wonderful and the customer service is great! For whatever the occasion, Cafe J is the place to go in Lubbock, Texas!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but wait staff and hostess need more training. We had cocktails in the front bar and service was great. Bartender was very good and new how to make all of our unusual drinks!

G
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend for a special dinner. It was a trendy place with a semi casual feel. The food was amazing!! Drinks were perfect & delicious, will definitely come back!!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our third time to visit Cafe J. Two of the three times was for brunch on Sunday. The atmosphere was pleasant and the noise level was such that everyone at our table could comfortably visit with each other. Everyone got something different and each of us found our dishes to be acceptable but nothing spectacular. It seems that on this visit the food wasn’t as good as on previous visits. Maybe the chef was just having an off day but it left all of us feeling like this would probably be our last visit to Cafe J.

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great as always. They can't do much about the large group that was there. It was the first time I felt like I was back at a family reunion with kids running around and lots of loud uncle's and aunts. The waitress was not great and seemed to be stressed out. Our service was below your normal standards. The past times we have gone, the people are way above the community standard and it is a very enjoyable brunch. I would still go back. It is a great place. The large group majorly affected your service. Just a learning experience.

EG
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came at 6:30 for for a Anniversary dinner

KC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good and easy all the way around, will do it again!

MJ
Amarillo
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe J’s is a gourmet gem in West Texas - if you are a foodie look no further - from beginning to end - tapas special (rosemary chicken skewers with coconut milk) pork loin entree (juicy and tender!) sautéed spinach and homemade mashed potatoes and finishing touch - warm chocolate cake - we give this 5 stars

What really set this experience apart was the wait staff - Kate was attentive without being intrusive - her suggestions were spot on and we loved knowing the staff tastes the specials ahead of time

j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal. Our server was fantastic. Very knowledgeable very friendly and helpful.

CN
Amarillo
30 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We were so disappointed. Got there at opening for brunch. I was hungry for a nice big waffle....none on menu so ordered the crepe. I’ve never been so disappointed with a restaurant. Came awfully fast and was cold. I mean not even warm. Waitress said with Nutella and fruit, it was supposed to be a dessert crepe????!!! Huh? I was just in Paris and I know crepes. Then ordered a waffle....I think the balls of butter were preformed butter....water? Waffle was dry like frozen waffles would be. Not fresh.

They must have a new chef. ....?......or kitchen manager? Husbands potatos and omelet were hot but not their usual standard.

M
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with delicious food!

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not like fact that had to pay credit card surcharge.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. Perfectly cooked steak and risotto. Table by the patio for a medium-sizes group. Aplreciated light and view.

D
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband had the special kabobs with a Caesar salad, I had champagne chicken and pear salad. The only issue with the food was the chicken was very dry and slightly tough. Flavors were great, service was excellent. We always enjoy Cafe J because it’s quite and the food is good. If the chicken had not been so dry I would give 5 stars

HS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was surprised and disappointed to be charge for using a credit card. That is not a classy act, particularly when the charge was trivial. It has put me off Cafe J.

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T
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch! Service was excellent. Mimosas are a must!

OT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Terrible service. Food was worse. Simple burgers turned into shoe leather and avocados were rancid. I’ve been dining here for over 10 years; it has gone downhill steadily.

G
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time & wonderful food for a graduation brunch. Outstanding!

TK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there to celebrate a college graduation and the food and service were great as usual. The only disappointing part was that management allowed a large table to "hijack" the dining room even causing an elderly couple to move to a different table as the large table kept expanding and bumping into them. Servers are college students so they weren't comfortable confronting the group. We'll definitely go back but might avoid special event nights...

JC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Brunch included unique options not found in many restaurants. Nice diversion from typical fare.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was amazing!

TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy this restaurant. The food is always good and consistent. The service this time was really awesome. We would go here again.

SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I recommend it because historically it has been good! Mother’s Day was not as good! Food was not up to standard! Waitress was not very good at serving us and she capped it off by taking my cash payment and never returning with the change! She ended up with a 30% tip for poor service! Why did I not say anything? We were leaving and visited with friends at another table and I did not want to make a scene!

MC
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was excellent.

A
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was busy because it was Mother's Day but the service was quick and the food excellent.

JQ
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic! Everything from the Caesar salad to the scalloped potatoes and ribeye were perfectly cooked and delicious. Great night!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, wonderful ambience!

D
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every time I am in Lubbock from Austin I go to Sunday brunch at Cafe J. The stuffed Poblano is spectacular!

B
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Wife and I both got food poinsoning from the crab cakes.

TF
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Great service and food. Had friends from out of town and took them to Cafe J and we all enjoyed the evening.

SH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was wonderful for brunch and right across from campus. Great place to take your student!

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Half way through the meal we received a vaguely cranky email from OpenTable who said the restaurant reported us as no-shows, when in fact we were bang on time and said (correctly) that we had a reservation. The folks at reception seemed to have trouble finding us a table and originally wanted to place us outside on quite a chilly morning. When they did manage to get us a table inside the restaurant was half empty, making the fuss over getting a table, which we had reserved, very odd.
The food was fine but not great. My wife's eggs benedict were cold and although we asked clearly for a vegetarian substitute of spinach instead of bacon, she received the eggs on a bed of tomato. As before the coffee was dubious.

DW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Not in a big hurry to go back. Waitress was more attentive to the table next to us--obvious that the people at the table were her friends. I had the pasta carbonara and all i could taste was salt--i regretted not sending it back. Wife had the salmon salad--the salmon was flavorless. Nice atmosphere but poorly executed food.

MH
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy with kids. Healthy and “splurge” options available

m
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was cold or barely warm for our entire table of 8 and you all were not that busy.

B
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our service was great! Three of our entrees were amazing! Unfortunately, one was on the cooler side. I loved the ambience!

CT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The entire restaurant was quietly spending time at their tables, and one baby reveal type of party in the corner by the bar was loud enough to reach the whole restaurant. A lot of head turning and annoyed people, no request to keep it down a tad. This wasn’t normal celebratory laughter.. this was seemingly fake and for no reason screaming laughter. Me being there for the first time, I would like to think if this wasn’t taking place that the restaurant itself would have been excellent. Since this wasn’t entirely in their control, I don’t necessarily blame Cafe J. All and all, I would recommend based on all other aspects.

F
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our party of 6 enjoyed our meal at Cafe J. The scallops were large and cooked well. The salmon was good and the quail was grilled well. Service was a little slow but friendly. The noise level was a little high mainly due to a group of 12 nearby.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always!! Thank you! The atmosphere was pleasant, the service was good, and much appreciated. The food quality was good.

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